- Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
After a glimpse of Venice’s hectic side, follow your guide through the labyrinth of enchanting streets and narrow passageways that so many visitors fail to discover. Pass time-worn old bars where merchants have relaxed for centuries, and pass through the so-called ‘castelleto’ area in Carampane, a historical red light district, where Venetian courtesans once worked the streets.
Hear about these well-heeled and independent women, as well as their questionable morals, and learn of famous and intellectual courtesans such as Veronica Franco, a poet who counted literates and other eminent Italians as her friends. Stop for photos on the naughtily nicknamed Ponte delle Tette (Bridge of Tits), and hear how its name was given after the courtesans who were encouraged to model topless, touting their ‘wares,’ on the canals.
Pass Palazzo dei Camerlenghi in the San Polo neighborhood, and hear how the beautiful Renaissance palace was once a feared prison for tax evaders. In between viewing quirky sites around the area, learn about Venice in days of old and what life is like today for modern-day Venetians.
Your walking tour finishes with a visit to the Frari church, one of the city’s true lesser-known gems. Tucked away on an unassuming San Polo side street, the Gothic building is home to fascinating artwork by Bellini, Canova and Titian — three of the most influential Italian artists of the High Renaissance period. Pay your entrance fee, and step inside the church to marvel at the art for the last half hour of your tour.
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Hidden Venice Half-Day Walking Tour
- Professional guide
- Headsets, if needed
- Gratuities (optional)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Food and drinks
- Admission to the Frari Church (approx. 3 euros)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1
days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48
hours, subject to availability
- Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Gae R, September 2016
Arianna is the perfect tour guide. Full of personality and fun and useful information. She pointed out lots of neat shops and restaurants. One of those we ate at and the food and service were spectacular!
Reviewed by: Sally W, June 2016
Great insights into the history of the architecture of Venice, the formation of the city and other interesting facts. Our guide was lovely and the tour was worthwhile.